Bristol based trio Pessimist, Vega and Cooper aka Ruffhouse continue their steady ascent up the the new producers to watch ranks with yet another slab of forward thinking drum and bass music, once again on the highly regarded Ingredients Records.
First up on the set is Strangers, a brooding cut of minimal stripped back D&B. Industrial sounds aplenty and snares aplenty, Strangers is real sci-fi soundtrack music as it builds and moves from its solitary kick/snare into pure screwface business. Progressive is a term used fairly often in refernce to these guys and their music and listening to this you can see why. Deadly.
On AA side duties is The Domino Effect, a minimal stepper that holds the mood set by the A side. Shuffling hats and cold synths sounds twist while that clap snare makes you get your march on with real vigour. I've been reloading this one many times since I got sent it and I'm pretty sure you will too.
Ingredients Records is a label that has always delivered pure quality with its output and Strangers / The Domino Effect is no different. Ruffhouse will continue to make waves this year, especially for those into the more dark and minimal side of the scene. With future music like this i, for one, certainly look forward to hearing more.